Poll: Obama still holds majority of Jewish support
July 5th, 2011
01:47 PM ET
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Poll: Obama still holds majority of Jewish support

(CNN) - Despite recent media reports on growing tension between President Barack Obama and his Jewish supporters, a new Gallup poll Tuesday indicates a majority of Jewish Americans still approve of the president.

Gallup found no major shift in the group's view toward Obama since the president's May Mideast speech, when he said an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement should include a return to Israel's 1967 borders with mutually agreed upon land swaps.

His comments were met with negative reactions from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many high profile American supporters of Israel.

But in the month and a half before the May 19 speech, 65 percent of Jewish Americans approved of Obama, while 62 percent approved of him in the same time period after. And of the more than 300 Jewish Democrats interviewed by Gallup in each period, 86 percent approved prior to the speech while 85 percent approved afterward.

Gallup was unable to determine a more immediate impact on Jewish American views at the time of the speech but says the change on a monthly basis reflects similar trends in Obama's approval ratings by all Americans.

Results are based on more than 500 telephone interviews with Jewish American adults, with a sampling error margin of plus or minus six percentage points. The monthly averages reported are based on numbers tracked from January 2009 through June 2011.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. As a jew, I can only say . . .

    The Republic party will never get my vote.

    July 5, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Duh! They understand the choices they have. Either Obama or the do nothing Republicans.

    July 5, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Uh, I think he said return to 1967 AS A STARTING POINT.

    Yellow journalism is great for headlines and propaganda.

    July 5, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Dean

    I guess not all Jews are smart.

    July 5, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. ja

    many canidates are extremist, but hiding behind crosses and flags, calling themselves christians and patriotic, well it is a sham, millioniares and billioniares balking at a tax increase, what can be more patriotic, short of military service, almost every state require auto insurance, and in shelby county, tn, county commisioners even voted to impound vehicles without coverage, to raise revenue, why not require health insurance, the lack of is damaging to someone, OBAMA 2012, and to @##$ with the others

    July 5, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Tal

    Looks like the joke is on the republican candidates who love misquoting his Israel speech.

    July 5, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Get A Grip

    Really??!! 99% of the Jewish people I know say they would never vote for Obama again.

    July 5, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, given that he has tried to encourage peace between the Israelis and the Arabs. Just as a note, there are no Palestinians since that is what the area was called by Rome after the revolts and named it that after the Philistines like Goliath and those peoples that lived in what is now Gaza.

    He has also stated that the US will continue to support Israel since there are so many values shared as is rule of law and free and fair elections.

    July 5, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. ART

    I want MIchelle (flakey) Bauchmann to get the gops nomination, it would be a comedians dream. Saturday night live would have material for years to come.

    July 5, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. ConservaFASCISTS

    Those are good poll numbers. I remember just 2 months ago these fascists reublicans were trashing the President saying "he's throwing Israel under the bus." Apparently jews don't believe that. I wonder what slanderous talking point they're going to use now.

    July 5, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. gt

    fool me once shame on you... fool me twice shame on me....

    July 5, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    I guess the people heard what Obama actually said, and not what the media continues to mischaracterize.

    Obama said the same thing Netanyahu did, that any peace agreement must include returning to the 1967 borders as a *starting point* to land swaps. That framework has been presented since 1967 as a basis for any negotiation. By making those borders a starting point, it forces groups to acknowledge Israel's right to exist. The policy is aimed at groups who disavow the Israeli state and wish for Palestinians to be able to have the "right to return" to their homeland and be able to govern themselves.

    July 5, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. joe the plumber

    good news and happy to hear that he still holds majority of jews,he's a great president....

    July 5, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Anyone with common sense can see that Obama is doing right by America. For the most part he has truly put America above politics, and you have got to respect that. What is he supposed to do about the economy. He's being made a scapegoat. Republicans should love him as much of a warhawk as he is. You think Afghanistan and Iraq are enough on our plate? Heck no let's go get Somalia and Libya. I haven't seen a better war president in a long time, especially not to have any more military experience than he does.

    July 5, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Albo58

    Fools and sheeple!

    July 5, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. vet in texas

    Another group the GOP lost:

    lost the seniors with the ryan plan
    lost the brown vote from AZ law, Obama racial overtones, muslim connotations and prejudice
    never had the youth
    lost the public workers in various states.

    All is left are easily misled people who've been buying gold, emergency food, computer software, and now actual drinking tea (yes drinking tea).
    He who has the jewish vote, usually gets the presidency.

    July 5, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Let's see how the republicans spin this...

    July 5, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Charlie from the North

    He will need more than just a majority. I pray he gets it. Why couldn't Obama get to be President when Isreal had sane leadrship? It would be so much better for the world, but he gets stuck with that crazy SOB Nutinyahoo or whatever.

    July 5, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Well so much for the GOPers saying he "threw Isreal under the bus" I guess, huh?

    July 5, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Mark

    Bill Maher and Jon Stewart especially!

    July 5, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    If Republicans had more pragmatism and less ego, they would see this poll as a clear message that their past spin tactics look like juvenile jokes. The American people have woken up to the fact that Republicans have played the people for fools for the past 30 years. The Republican spin machine is broken and only the hard right is the only demographic still buying into it, which they always will.

    July 5, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Mike in NC

    I can't believe the Jewish supporters! Sure, stab Netenyaho in the back, insist that Israel revert to indefensible borders and keep kissing the ^sses of the Arab nations who want nothing short of death of the State of Israel. Go ahead, commit suicide and die off like others in history were trying to do for you. Keep shoveling money this guys way. He'll surely give you what you deserve. LOL!

    July 5, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Bill from GA

    I guess they are not so easily fooled as the Christian Right.

    July 5, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. midleclssfan

    One thing you can't blame the Jewish People for and that is being stupid. They are not easily tricked into believing the lies, deception and fear mongering coming from the Republicon/Tparty. More Americans would be smart to follow their lead.

    July 5, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |